Month: May, 2024

Pierre Players to Hold Acting Without Anxiety Workshop

Tuesday, May 7, 2024

Pierre Players will hold Acting Without Anxiety: A Low-Pressure Workshop for Aspiring Actors on Saturday, June 1, 2024, 10 a.m. to noon and 1-3 p.m. CDT at the Grand Opera House. 

Led by J.D. Ackman, professor and director of theatre emeritus at South Dakota State University, this workshop offers a safe and supportive environment where you can dip your toes into the world of acting without the pressure of auditions or commitments. Our aim is to provide you with low-pressure activities and immersive experiences that will help build your confidence and introduce you to the basics of acting.

Throughout the workshop, you'll engage in a variety of exercises and games designed to unlock your creativity, develop your stage presence, and sharpen your communication skills. Whether you're a complete novice or have some previous experience, there's something for everyone in this workshop.

Curious about how auditions typically work? We'll provide insights into the audition process, drawing from the practices of Pierre Players and other theater groups. While audition processes may vary from one director to another, we'll offer general guidance to help demystify the experience and ease any apprehensions you may have.

Most importantly, "Acting Without Anxiety" is a low-pressure, no-commitment event. You're free to explore, experiment, and discover the joy of acting at your own pace, without any expectation of long-term commitment. Whether you're looking to overcome stage fright, boost your self-confidence, or simply try something new, this workshop is your chance to take the first step toward unleashing your inner performer.

Don't let fear hold you back any longer. Join us for "Acting Without Anxiety" and embark on an exciting journey of self-expression and discovery!

J.D. Ackman, is professor and director of theatre at South Dakota State University. He has been on the faculty since 1993. J.D. holds an MFA in acting from the University of Montana (1984). He currently oversees SDSU’s State University Theatre program and serves as managing/artistic director for SDSU’s Prairie Repertory Theatre. J.D. has performed in or directed over 150 theatre productions. He has taught more than a dozen different courses during his tenure at SDSU. While he enjoys his administrative duties, he most enjoys working with his students in rehearsals and in the classroom/studio and interacting with theatre patrons. J.D. lives in Brookings with his wife and son.

The fee for this workshop is $25. Register for the workshop


Donate to Pierre Players' Sound, Service & Stage Fundraising Campaign

Monday, May 6, 2024

For over half a century, Pierre Players Community Theatre has been a beacon of joy, connection, and artistic expression within our community. Live theater encourages community and connection which studies show relieves depression and anxiety. Our recent patron survey revealed a profound truth: over 80% of our audience identified being part of a collective, transformative experience as an important aspect of Pierre Players’ performances.

Yet, imagine the disconnection of missing a punchline, the whisper of confusion in the dark, the sense of isolation when the collective laughter of the audience doesn’t reach your ears. This isn't just a hypothetical scenario—for 35% of our season members, predominantly seniors, this is a reality that prompts them to reserve seats as close to the stage as possible, all in a bid to capture every word, every nuance.

With the professional assistance of Oahe Light and Sound in Pierre and Haggerty’s in Rapid City, we’re planning to install a new sound board and acquire microphones for the actors. This isn’t merely an upgrade; it's a transformation ensuring that every audience member—regardless of their hearing abilities—can fully immerse themselves in the magic of live theatre.

Your contribution to our 2024 “Sound, Service & Stage” fund doesn’t just buy equipment; it buys moments of joy, connection, and collective experience. It ensures that the laughter, gasps, and post-show chatter continue to resonate, not just in the Grand Opera House, but in the hearts of all who enter.

Your donation today is more than a gift; it's an investment that ensures that every voice is heard, every laugh shared, and every moment cherished. Thank you in advance, for helping ensure that the Pierre Players Community Theatre remains a vibrant center of community and connection for generations to come.

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